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Marco Antonio Solis Tops Regional Mexican Airplay for First Time in More Than 20 Years

Marco Antonio Solis
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Marco Antonio Solis performs in concert at the SAP Center on Sept. 20, 2014 in San Jose, Calif.

“Se Veía Venir” is his first leader at the radio format since “El Peor de Mis Fracasos” topped the chart for one week in 1999.

Marco Antonio Solis returns to Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart for the first time in over two decades as “Se Veía Venir” climbs 6-1 on the ranking dated Oct. 2. It’s his first leader at the radio format since “El Peor de Mis Fracasos” topped the chart for one week on the Sept. 11, 1999-dated list.

“Se Veía Venir” takes over atop the ranking boosted by a 67% increase in audience impressions, to 8 million, in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 26, according to MRC Data.

The mariachi-powered “Se Veía Venir” grants Solis his eighth No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay, the third-most among soloists since the chart began in 1994. Among all acts, the group Calibre 50 continues to lead with 20 No. 1s.

After the chart's launch in 1994, Solis became the first male solo act to achieve a No. 1 on the now-26-year-old survey with the two-week champ “Una Mujer Como Tú” in 1995, alongside Los Bukis. Selena was the first solo act to hit No. 1, with "No Me Queda Mas," on Dec. 3, 1994.

Between his trips to the summit with “Una Mujer” and “Se Veía Venir,” Solis conquered six other times the top of the ranking. Among them, a pair of two-digit week leaders: “Que Pena Me Das” (10 consecutive weeks atop in 1996) and “La Venía Bendita” (ruler for 13 consecutive weeks between 1997 and 1998).

Elsewhere on the Latin charts, “Se Veía” also reaches the top 10 on the all-genre Latin Airplay tally with an 18-5 surge and becomes the Greatest Gainer of the week. With the move, Solis earns his 27th top 10 and ties with Marc Anthony for the sixth-most behind Daddy Yankee (42), Enrique Iglesias (41), J Balvin (36), Shakira (32) and Ozuna (30). He continues to have the most top 10s among all Regional Mexican acts, ahead of Calibre 50’s 23 top 10s since the chart’s inception in 1994.